Introduction From the Executive Director
This seventh Annual New York State Domestic Violence Dashboard which contains data from 2007 through 2013. After seven years of collecting data from a broad range of agencies, many trends confirm what providers are seeing in the field. We also continue to add information each year as more and more agencies include screening for domestic violence into their regular practice.
Consistent with trends from previous years, several numbers have increased in 2013, such as strangulation offenses charged in arrests and arraignments and use of firearms in intimate partner homicides. However, since 2012, we have seen some significant decreases, particularly in intimate partner assaults, which increased by 6% from 2011 to 2012 but decreased by 3% from 2012 to 2013, and in intimate partner assaults where females were the victim, which were up 6% in 2012 and were down 4% in 2013. Still, despite the decrease in total homicides in New York State in 2013, intimate partner homicides in New York State during that same time period increased by 11%.
One particularly notable change in 2013 was the 21% decrease in statewide hotline calls coming into the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline, and the 19% decrease in New York City hotline calls. This decrease could be due to a variety of factors. Generally, when individuals call these centralized hotlines, they are provided with the phone number to their local domestic violence program so they can access a variety of local services. It is possible that this referral practice has led more callers to contact their local programs directly instead of calling the statewide hotlines first. Additionally, as law enforcement continues to make itself more available and accessible to victims and the community, it is likely that more callers are also reaching out to police immediately, and bypassing the hotlines altogether, particularly in emergency situations.
This year, we added a new data point to the Dashboard by partnering with the New York State Office for the Aging (OFA) in an effort to examine whether and how older adults are being screened for domestic violence and what services and resources they are seeking in response. The addition of these data is extremely helpful in determining the specific experiences and needs of the rapidly growing population of older adults as we attempt to provide more specialized services to address those needs.
At the time of this posting, we regret that we were unable to provide data on local domestic violence hotlines, residential and non-residential service provision to children and adults, and domestic violence shelter denials of children and adults for 2013, as this information was not yet available. However, the information will be accessible through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services website upon publication of their 2013 annual report, and we will also provide a revised 2013 Dashboard on the OPDV homepage at that time. We encourage you to visit both agency websites for updates.
The source agency for data referenced in each statement is indicated at the end of the sentence. Published source material is footnoted. Statistics cited represent data for the 2013 calendar year and are statewide, unless otherwise indicated. The 2007 Dashboard offered a full explanation of each system from which this data was taken, including an explanation of terminology. Since then, we have only explained data points that are new that year.
Thank you for reviewing the seventh Annual Dashboard: it reflects a commitment across agencies to screen for domestic violence, and share their information with all of you. OPDV staff work diligently to compile and present it in a way we hope will be of use. We encourage you to read it together with the 2013 NYS Domestic Violence Annual Report , which contains a broader summary of the work of our state agencies, as well as a few other community stakeholder organizations. Data is only part of the story, but it is an important part.
Acting Executive Director